As I sat waiting for the windscreen to defrost at 5:40 AM the temperature in Chelmsford was -6 degrees C. By the time I got to Brentwood at 6:00 AM it was -7.5 degrees C. However when the darkness finally receded by 7:30 AM there was a clear blue sky and the rising sun. The reason for mentioning temperatures is partly to demonstrates the extreme bravery of 19 members who came to our final meeting of the year equipped with Secret Santa presents and in anticipation of the Brian Painter experience. There was also an additional distraction of the business networking bingo produced by Scott Griffiths.
Ben Golding had no intention of letting any other members steal his thunder for the last Ed Slot of the year. Time spent with a complicit niece at the weekend watching the Christmas friendly ‘Polar Express’ provided a festive simile of the importance of self-belief which he translated Into our business lives. Whilst re affirming my irritation at Christmas movies I do appear to be in a minority of one.
The 60 Second Round
The round was understandably an outpouring of thanks and gratitude between the members, coupled with the rather clever attempt by some of us to weave all of the words on our bingo sheet into presentation. It kind of degenerated from there. Paul Dulieu, was in his full Father Christmas regalia including white curly beard and shoe covers that mimicked boots. At his last meeting with us, we all appreciated the discomfort he felt as the only hot person in the room. We wish him well in his career progression.
Although a good time was had by all in this round no one is really worthy of mention save for Ben Golding who had crafted an intricate poem celebrating the virtues of Utility Warehouse. Brian Painter was adjudicating the Oscar and quite rightly gave it to him……. There now began the Brian Painter show.
The Christmas Quiz Experience
Brian took centre stage and took us through a series of outlandish questions coupled with intervals of Secret Santa present distribution. Coming off the back of a successful and well organised Christmas dinner on Tuesday evening it was Brian’s time. We extend our thanks and admiration for both the dinner and the latter part of our meeting which gave a suitable backdrop for gentle inter-member abuse.
I have decided to give myself a break this week from the full blog and simply confine myself to winding up this year with my thanks to all members for their contributions to our group which seems to become ever more enjoyable from one meeting to another.